Dance Team Auditions

The UCLA Dance Team is the officially recognized Dance Team for the university. The team performs and travels to support the UCLA Athletic Department throughout the season. Returning members must audition each year and are not guaranteed a spot on the team.

Composition and Techniques

There are nine to eleven members on the Dance Team. We hold high standards for our dancers: excellent technique, flexibility and tricks including turns, leaps, triple turns, fouettés, switch leaps and leg holds (tumbling is not required). The Dance Team learns more than 50 routines to music by the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and recorded music for competition routines and basketball half-time performances. Squad members must also be familiar with cheerleading arm motions and be able to work with pom poms.

Preliminary Round Score Sheet »

Final Round Score Sheet »

Time Commitments

Spring and Summer
  • Throughout the month of May, the squad will meet 2-3 nights/week from 6-9 p.m. to work on dance technique and material for upcoming events throughout the summer and football games.
  • The team has the month of June off.
  • Workouts and practices begin July through the beginning of fall quarter.
  • Full squad is required to attend Boot Camp in August.

Rehearsals and Workouts
  • Once classes begin for fall quarter, rehearsals are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 7-9 a.m. and Wednesday nights from 6-9 p.m. with additional rehearsals scheduled during evenings and weekends when practice space is available.
  • Tuesday mornings are reserved for workouts.
  • Dance members are required to find an additional two times during the week to maintain their individual workout from the personal trainer.

Typically, workouts are with our trainer, Stacey Herring, on the track for the first hour and weight room for the second hour. Rehearsals are with the coach and involve learning and reviewing game material.


Performances

The Dance Team performs at athletic, campus, alumni, media and community service events throughout the year:

  • all home and select away football games
  • all home and select away men’s and women’s basketball games
  • all home women’s and select men’s volleyball games
  • select gymnastics meets
  • select Olympic sporting events including: water polo, softball, track and field, soccer, etc.
  • various campus events including: class appearances, grand openings, recognition ceremonies, etc.
  • various alumni events including: seasonal kick-offs, dinners, scholarship presentations, etc.
  • media events including: TV promotions, sponsorship promotions, commercials, photo shoots, etc.
  • community service events including: performances at local middle and high schools, birthday parties, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc.

What to Expect in Clinics

  • Dancers are taught the Fight Song, Drum Cadence and Performance Routine.
  • Fight Song involves cheerleading, straight-arm motions, and is performed with pom poms.
  • Drum Cadence is four 8-counts that repeat choreographed to “Ow!” by the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.
  • Performance Routine incorporates lyrical, thrash jazz and/or hip hop.
  • If the candidate makes it to the final round, the candidate will be asked to perform eight 8-counts of their own choreography. This is the candidate’s opportunity to demonstrate skills and personality that are not presented in the Fight Song, Drum Cadence or Performance Routine.

What to Expect on Audition Day

Before Audition
  • Dancers arrive stretched and ready to perform the Fight Song, Drum Cadence and Performance Routine and are not evaluated.
  • This is an opportunity for the dancers to warm up and hear the music.

Preliminary Round
  • Dancers enter in groups of 2 or 3 and are introduced to the Judging Panel.
  • Each group performs the Fight Song with pom poms followed by the Drum Cadence and Performance Routine.

Final Round
  • Dancers are interviewed and perform their solos in a group setting.
  • Afterwards, they may be asked to perform the Fight Song and/or the Performance Routine as a group.

What to Wear for Audition Day

Females:
  • cheer skirt, dance pants or shorts
  • form fitting top (leotard, full-length sports bra) in order to see body lines and positioning - no mid-riffs please.
  • small, white, ankle socks (for skirts) dark tights or socks (for pants)
  • shoes - shoelaces tucked in - appropriate for executing dance moves
  • hair should be out of the candidate's face, but not in a ponytail
  • stage/game-ready/TV-ready make-up
  • appropriate bras or sport bras and bloomers/briefs
  • no jewelry or body piercings
  • no ribbons/bows
  • no food or gum
  • overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation

Males:
  • navy or black pants
  • polo shirt or tight fitting top
  • dark tights or socks (for pants)
  • athletic shoes or jazz shoes
  • no facial hair
  • short, clean hair cut
  • no jewelry or body piercings
  • no food or gum
  • overall clean, mature and collegiate presentation